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Friday, December 12, 2008

Doctoral position in the area of International Law at Max Planck

International Max Planck Research School on Retaliation, Mediation,
Punishment (IMPRS-REMEP)
Call for Doctoral Research Position
The Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International
Law in
Heidelberg offers in accordance with the conditions of the Max Planck
for the
support of young researchers
a doctoral research position
within the area of international law
starting 1 February 2009
for the conferral of a doctorate degree in law (Dr. jur.).
These doctoral positions are granted in the context of the
interdisciplinary programme of
the 'Max Planck Research School on Retaliation, Mediation, Punishment
REMEP)'. The research school aims to attract young researchers educated
in law (in
particular international law).
The doctoral student will carry out his or her studies mainly in
Heidelberg, will
participate in the training program offered by the IMPRS-REMEP and may
use the
facilities and infrastructure of the Max Planck Institute for
Comparative Public Law and
International Law. The interdisciplinary curriculum further requires
participation in
several joint seminars to be conducted together with the doctoral
students who are
affiliated with the IMPRS-REMEP partner institutes in Halle/Saale,
Freiburg and
Frankfurt/Main. During these seminars, all students shall achieve
knowledge in order to develop a common understanding of the overall
research agenda
and to be able to mutually understand and discuss their doctoral theses
from the
perspectives of all relevant disciplines. Working language of the
training program and the
dissertation is English. According to local university regulations,
German language skills
may be required in exceptional cases. The scientific supervision of the
doctoral students
will be carried out by the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public
International Law. Cross-disciplinary dissertation projects may be
co-supervised by a
member of the academic staff from a partner institute.
Candidates graduated in the disciplines of history of law, criminal
law, criminology and
(social) anthropology are invited to apply according to the parallel
calls of the partner
institutions (Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International
Criminal Law
in Freiburg
i.Br, in co-operation with the Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg, Max
Planck Institute
for Social Anthropology
in Halle/Saale, in co-operation with the Martin
University Halle-Wittenberg
, Max Planck Institute for European Legal
Dissertation Topics
The research agenda has its focus on the fundamental question common to
the disciplines
of social sciences and humanities regarding how peace and social order
are negotiated,
constructed, maintained and re-gained. In particular, in the context of
conflict and post-
conflict societies, traditional approaches to reconciliation and
mediation are being
adopted, amending, and – partially – replacing, well-established
systems of punishment
mainly based on concepts of retaliation.
Research in Heidelberg shall be conducted in the field of international
law. Possible
areas of research are international criminal law and its role in the
global legal order,
issues of transitional justice and the international system for the
maintenance and re-
establishment of world peace with a special focus on compliance.
Particular importance
is attached to the development of a system of international courts and
criminal tribunals
. In this respect the analysis of potential avenues
for a certain degree of
systemic coherence as well as an examination of the developing
international procedural
and international fair trial standards will be of interest.
Applicants are expected to develop their research questions
independently, and to specify
those in their proposal. The dissertation topic needs to fit into the
thematic framework
outlined above. Proposals with a comparative perspective and/or an
approach will be considered with priority.
Application requirements
1. Completion of a law degree at a German university or completion at
an equivalent
university abroad. First or Second German State Law Exam with a minimum

overall grade of "vollbefriedigend" (according to the examination
"JAPrO" of the State of Baden-Württemberg), or an equivalent degree
with an
equivalent grade ("with distinction") from abroad.
2. Submission of a substantive proposal for a dissertation topic linked
to the research
agenda of the IMPRS-REMEP.
3. Solid proficiency in the English language. In addition, students
should have at
least some basic knowledge of German language and demonstrate
willingness to
improve it.
The IMPRS-REMEP seeks to reach a composition of at least 50 percent
foreign doctoral
students. Thus, foreign candidates with a foreign degree are explicitly
encouraged to

Application documents
1. Cover sheet addressed to the 'International Max Planck Research
Retaliation, Mediation, Punishment' at the Max Planck Institute for
Public Law
and International Law in Heidelberg
2. European style curriculum vitae (
in German
or English. It should include information on all previous research
3. Copy of Secondary Education certificate with a list of subject
areas. The
documents must be officially translated into German (preferably) or
English and a
copy of the original supplied.
4. Copy of certificates relating to the First and, where applicable,
Second German
State Law Exam(s) from lawyers. From foreign graduates, copy of all
certificates with a list of all grades, including the overall grade,
the average grade
and the university certificate of graduation. The documents must be
translated into German (preferably) or English and a copy of the
original supplied.
A table of grades specifying the different levels of accomplishment
needs to be
5. Substantive/meaningful proposal for a research topic (5 pages),
preferably in
English, structured into a) relevance of the proposed topic in the
context of the
overall research agenda of the IMPRS-REMEP, b) state of preparation, c)
aim of
the project, d) probable links to other disciplines, e) methodology, f)
timeline, g) intended time of completion of the dissertation. It is
intended that
doctoral students, when participating in the research program in a
regular manner,
will be able to complete the program within a two year period.
6. Two letters of recommendation from two senior scientists (to be
written in
English or German). These letters should include information as to
research experience, and vouch for the ability of the applicant to
doctoral studies at the Research School.
7. Applicants who do not speak English as their native language and who
are unable
of demonstrating good proficiency in English language in any other way
prove their skills through language examination certificates. In
particular, the
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with at least 6.0
bands or
TOEFEL (at least 560 points, computer: 220 points) are recognized.
8. Applicants who do not speak German as their native language should
be capable
to demonstrate basic knowledge of German, e.g., through a certificate
("Zertifikat Deutsch", ZD). Proficiency in German language is
not a
formal precondition for application. However, subject to university
German may be mandatory for the oral doctoral exam or defense, or for
parts of
it, in individual cases. If necessary, access to external language
courses can be
Presentation of officially authenticated copies of the original
certificates etc., with
regards to Nos. 3 and 4 above, is only necessary once a decision has
been made to

Application dates
Application documents must be submitted by regular mail no later than
by 31
December 2008 to
Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law
Attn. Ms. E. Matthies
Im Neuenheimer Feld 535
69120 Heidelberg

Please also send your application letter, cv and propoals
electronically to the following
email address: (maximum 5 MB per
Applicants will be invited to telephone or personal interviews in
Heidelberg upon prior
notification. The selection procedure should be completed by 15
February 2009. The
applicants will be informed of the selection results in writing. During
the selection
procedure we ask applicants to refrain from contacting the Institute
with regards to the
results of the procedure. An absolute right to financial support does
not exist.
The Max Planck Society endeavours, wherever possible, to employ
disabled persons, and
applications from such persons are expressly called for. The Max Planck
desires to increase the proportion of women in areas where they are
Women are therefore expressly encouraged to apply.
Financial support
Financial support is granted in accordance with the guidelines of the
Max Planck Society
in the form of a doctoral contract or bursary. The financial support
regarding the doctoral
contract corresponds with public service organizations (up to 50 per
cent of the payment
group 13 degree 1 of the General Framework Agreement on Public
"Tarifvertrag Öffentlicher Dienst", TVöD). Financial support will be
granted for a period
of two years, with a possibility of two subsequent extensions, each for
a period of six
Further information on the research program of the IMPRS-REMEP as well
as on the
parallel calls published by the partner institutes can be acquired at
Information on the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and
Law is available at For additional inquiries, please write


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The way to AMINEF in Gedung Balai Pustaka

American Indonesian Exchange Foundation
Balai Pustaka Building, 6th. Floor
Jl. Gunung Sahari Raya No. 4
Jakarta 10720, Indonesia

1. The buses which goes to Senen Bus Station all of them pass through Gedung Balai Pustaka. Especially which route is through Pasar Baru .

2. Bus Transjakarta, from Blok M you have to change the bus 2-3 times.
Way 1 : from Blok M change the bus in Dukuh Atas bus stop to the bus towards Pulogadung, then take a bus in Pramuka bus stop towards Ancol, this bus pass through Gedung Balai Pustaka. The closest bus stop (Budi Utomo) is about 800 meters from Gedung Balai .
Way 2 : From Blok M take the bus in the Harmoni Bus Stop, the bus towards Pulogadung, get down in Senen Bus Stop and walk about 800 meters, or from this bus stop take the bus towards Ancol and get down as mentioned in way 1. About the distance, this two bus stops is about the same. (It is better if you take ojek or bajaj from this bus stop to Gedung Balai Pustaka)

3. If you take taxi with old tariff (TL=Tarif Lama) from blok M with no traffic jam is about Rp. 30.000,00.

4. From Blok M use bus Patas AC 76. Gedung Balai Pustaka is in the right side, after you pass through Depag, and say to conductor "Balai Pustaka"

5. Use a busway from Blok M towards Kota, get down in Sawah Besar bus stop. From here take a Mikrolet M12 towards Senen. After cross road Wahidin and before senen get down and cross the street.

Living Cost in Germany

Living Cost in Germany is vary from city to city, but this is th case if you stay in Aachen, Germany
Student accommodation or private sharing : 180 - 230 euros per month
Food : 10 - 12 euros per day (if eating outside)
Transport for students : free within Aachen and until Koln and Dusseldorf in regional trains)

Living Cost In Austria

Living Cost in Austria is depending on the city, for example the Capital of Austria, Vienna:
- Dormitory is about 250-400 euro per month.
- Living Cost 200-400 euro per month.
- Transportation 128 euro per 4 months (student and age < 26), or 49 euro per month (ordinary)

For visa, it has to be a letter from the University/Scholl in Austria. It takes about 2-3 months.

Where to do GMAT Test

GMAT Tests are held in Jakarta, Indonesia :
1. EEC Slipi +62-21 5320044 or +62-215323176
2. Kaplan GMAT Preparation +62-81388908450, +62-21 5211588, +62-215211701 (Information abaout this test can be asked in that number)
3. Or this number +62-213159225

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